Actress Javicia Leslie Becomes First Black Woman To Play Batwoman

Hollywood star Javicia Leslie has made history has the first black woman to play Batwoman. The franchise will also feature an assertive LGBTQ character as it’s centeral character.

The actress revealed that she had opened up in an interview in May that she will love to play a superhero character and she got called for the audition the next month. Javicia Leslie said playing batwoman was simply a manifestation for her.

I did an interview in May and I was asked what role I wanted to do next. And I said, I want to play a superhero. I had a specific role in mind and I said, I want to play a superhero. And then the following month I got the audition for Batwoman. I didn’t even know that they were looking to cast a new Batwoman. So I just I truly believe in manifestation”. 

In “Batwoman,” Javicia Leslie plays the role of Ryan Wilder, who spent years as a drug runner. Her character has lethal hand-combat skills, is seen as a kindhearted person who lives in a van with her plant. The second season of the Batwoman will premiere on the CW network on Sunday January 17.

“I always just remind myself that, like, my purpose isn’t for me. My purpose is to empower other people. And God brought me here for a reason. He put me in this position for a reason. And so with that, it’s nothing, you know, it’s nothing to fear because I know, like, this will empower someone to see a black female superhero. You don’t get to see that very often and to really see it in a franchise. That’s so epic”, she added.

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